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Gregorian BC - Conquistadors of War

Gregorian BC Records

Just as invading Conquistadors setting out from Spain to the New World in the 16th Century, Gregorian BC sets out to conquer new worlds of his own with his debut album Conquistadors of War (Gregorian BC Records). However, he appears to have done what the Conquistadors of old failed to do in their quest – proverbially he’s found the musical equivalent of the mythical Eldorado – the City of Gold.

The lush, deep vocals immediately grab the listener, they’re imbued with a haunting, mystical quality. The only vocals the Crowgrrl has ever heard like that were occult author Konstantinos’ foray into the musical realm with his song "Below" that was included in Cleopatra Records’ Goth Box – excellent song, also haunting but flavored with tasty EBM/Darkwave. Gregorian BC, on the other hand, creates his own dreamscapes with an eclectic stew that blends ingredients of Rock and Blues with vintage elements of Gregorian chanting, acoustic flamenco guitars – the result is both organic and powerful.

Check out the first single from the album, Live Today.

Gregorian BC – whose real name is Brian Chupp – commented, ”I’ve been called the Conquistador of Music because, like the 16th Century Spanish Knights, I like to go into uncharted territory, conquer, and create something new. That’s the daredevil in me.”

Although the first song, “Arise”, is a musically superb rousing call to battle, The Crowgrrl was very turned off by the blatant Xtian theme of the lyrics. The romantic “Gregorian Starlight” is an adventure exploring the urban nightlife scene. “Live Today” absolutely Rocks as it celebrates living each moment to its fullest.

Dark acoustic melodies and melancholic lyrics permeate “The Clock of Time”. The flamenco flavor rises to full force in “The Rise of Spain”, which turns back the hands of time and thrusts us into the rise of the Conquistadors during Queen Isabella’s reign. Caliente!

The Conquistadors of War’s title track follows the Spaniards into the New World. The ocean FX lend a nice touch to “The Spanish Armada”, which musically is a little reminiscent of early Santana, especially because of the utilization of congas in the percussion. Lyrically it follows the Armada’s futile attempt to attack England for dominance of the seas. “East Coast Rocker” definitely has a swagger to it as it puts the “Business” back in the Music Biz.

~Athena Schaffer